Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Photo by Rick Lineberger

Bike Biz

Bike Biz
December 3, 2015

Property values are going up in New Orleans. Parts of the city that buyers have been avoiding for years are now desirable addresses. But by the time you spend your life savings on a house you don’t have a lot left over to do much else. Like pay movers to move your stuff in. You could do it yourself. Or you could hire Tim Colglazier to move all your stuff - on... Read More »

How to do Good Work and Influence People

How to do Good Work and Influence People
November 26, 2015

When it comes to business, we all agree on one thing: we all want to succeed. Typically we measure success numerically – the more profit we make the better we’re doing.  Sure, we’d all like to make billions, but the reality is most of us are not going to turn our businesses into Facebook or Apple. For many people in business, just keeping the doors open and the lights on... Read More »

Giving

Giving
November 19, 2015

In 2005, many of us in New Orleans found ourselves in a position we could never have imagined. Homeless. Our place of work closed down. Our insurance companies refusing to compensate us. And our government largely useless. Until then it was just a cliché. But the kindness of strangers saved our lives. And our city. It is no exaggeration to say that in those dire days New Orleans was resurrected by... Read More »

Coffee 'n Cola

Coffee 'n Cola
November 12, 2015

There’s an old saying about how to be successful in business - “Build a better mousetrap.” Meaning find a product everybody wants and do it better. Peter's guests on Out to Lunch today have come up with new variations of products that enjoy massive worldwide popularity. Soft drinks and coffee. Geoffrey Meeker has a little yellow truck you might have seen around town delivering his French Truck Coffee. And Roy Nelson has a... Read More »

Who's That Guy?

Who's That Guy?
November 5, 2015

For the past few years with all the Hollywood folks in town it’s not unusual for someone at Whole Foods in New Orleans to whisper, “Do you know who that is?” It’s usually a celebrity who looks quite different in the cereal aisle from how she looks like on screen. Today on Out to Lunch Peter's playing a business version of "Do you know who that is?" Do you know who Jay Hakes... Read More »

Oil and Gusts

Oil and Gusts
October 22, 2015

Everybody likes to think they’re important, but here in Louisiana we really are. Two sectors of our local economy are major components of the national, and global, economy: oil and gas, and renewable energy. Outside of the oil companies who physically drill for oil, there is a huge industry of companies who do everything else – from building oil rigs to delivering groceries to the men and women who work on... Read More »

Precious

Precious
October 8, 2015

The financial markets go up and down. The value of real estate goes up and down. The dollar strengthens and weakens. Financial advisors have a wide range of theories of risk versus diversification that they say can either make you a fortune, or hedge your bets. Through all this noise, there are investor voices who continue to say just two words. “Buy gold.” Is that good advice? Or is that just as... Read More »

Down The Mississippi To The Gulf of Mexico

Down The Mississippi To The Gulf of Mexico
September 24, 2015

In 1814 it was the British who were "runnin' down the mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico." Today, ships of almost every nationality are steaming down the river to the Gulf. 54 of them belong to International Shipholding. Their fleet of cargo vessels ply international trade from their current headquarters in Mobile, Alabama but they're set to return soon to their original home in New Orleans. International Shipholding is a publicly traded... Read More »

Suit Up

Suit Up
September 3, 2015

Most businesses grow successful over time as their owners find more efficient ways to make and market specific products. It would seem counter intuitive to open a business based on products that change constantly. And products you can't even imagine, that have to be re-invented up to three and four times a year, based on the season. That's exactly what the fashion business is. Peter's guests on tis edition of Out to... Read More »

Flying Into Lakefront

Flying Into Lakefront
August 27, 2015

In New Orleans when we talk about "going to the airport" we automatically assume we’re talking about Louis Armstrong Airport in Kenner. But there's another airport. In Orleans Parish. Lakefront Airport is over 80 years old. Not all those years have been great for business. For some of them the airport was boarded up. Today, Lakefront might finally be lining up for take off. The airport's latest Director of Aviation is not the... Read More »

Ethics First

Ethics First
August 13, 2015

Everybody knows right from wrong. Everybody knows numbers don’t lie. And nobody wants to spend time in prison. Why, then, would a person lie about corporate profits knowing there’s a high probability they’re going to get caught and end up behind bars? Peter's guest on Out to Lunch wrote the book on business ethics, and it’s not theoretical. Aaron Beam went to federal prison for his part in a multi-billion dollar fraud, and... Read More »

Hair and Makeup

Hair and Makeup
July 23, 2015

If there's one thing we all like, it's being told we’re attractive. No matter how rich or poor, powerful or powerless, beautiful or pedestrian we might be there is nobody who doesn’t respond positively to, "You look great!" You can spend a little or a lot - of time and money - on your appearance. And when you think you’ve done everything you can to make yourself look good, you discover... Read More »

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